Richard Thompson • folk

Tuesday Jun 18, 2013

423 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 768-3522
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Richard Thompson's long-acclaimed guitar work—piercing, delicate, often both at once—has earned him a Top 20 spot on Rolling Stone's list of Best Guitarists of All Time, as well as MOJO magazine’s Les Paul Award and the 2012 Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to him by Bonnie Raitt. He is also the recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth for service to music. His latest album, "Electric," has been praised for its "power, poignancy and point of view... Forty-five years into a versatile and incomparable career, he still writes songs that sting and storm." (NPR)

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Elder statesman of rock

Richard Thompson
Pamela Littky

Richard Thompson has played music for nearly half a century. He’s a guitar legend with few—if any—peers. Many readers will be familiar with Fairport Convention, which defined the British folk rock genre, or with Richard and Linda Thompson’s haunting, turbulent songs. Thompson played as a session musician on albums by Nick Drake, John Martyn and many other luminaries, and he's guested on even more recordings. His cynical, darkly humorous lyrics have made him a cover favorite among dozens of other musicians. Some may be unaware that Thompson has steadily released strong solo work for decades, alongside innovative collaborations with experimental musicians like Henry Kaiser and Pere Ubu’s David Thomas. He scored the soundtrack to Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man, reworked a Britney Spears tune for his “1000 Years of Popular Music” show … The list goes on and on. His new album—simply titled Electric—is self-described folk-funk, and it signals another shift for a musician who has never stayed in one box for long. Longtime fans of Thompson’s work probably know better than to fear he’s gone commercial or lost his edge. A lifelong Sufi practitioner, this legendary hexegenarian musician is still on top of his game. His AMP Concerts performance, which benefits Roadrunner Food Bank, is at KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW). The show happens on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $35, and they're available through

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